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Image Taken on 14 Jul 2010 at 17:47    Image of day on 25 Aug 2010

A female Banded Demoiselle damselfly decorating the blackthorn hedge at our North east boundary.


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Image Taken on 03 Jul 2010 at 11:52    Image of day on 05 Aug 2010

A few days later we got our first sight of the year of the ladies, this one photographed at rest in the sunshine, catching the light unusually well.


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Image Taken on 29 Jun 2018 at 10:16    Image of day on 18 Aug 2018

A male banded Demoiselle Damselfly perched elegantly on a leaf tip.


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Image Taken on 18 Jul 2016 at 16:18    Image of day on 02 Sep 2016

This male Banded Demoiselle Damselfly shows its body detail well, but the dark background tends to hide the band on the wings that give it its name.


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Image Taken on 26 Jul 2008 at 17:02    Image of day on 09 Aug 2008

As promised in the image for 2 June 2008 we have tried to photograph the Male Banded Damoiselle. Well some effort brought the luck - here is the beauty.


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Image Taken on 17 Jun 2015 at 12:09    Image of day on 17 Aug 2015

The first Banded Demoiselle Damselfly this year, this one a male, has appeared at the duck shaped pond on the Hop Sedge. You can just see the complicated little clasper at the tail tip that must match the females thorax for them to mate.


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Image Taken on 18 Jul 2016 at 18:09    Image of day on 02 Sep 2016

This Banded Demoiselle posed long enough for this portrait that show the band on the wings very clearly.
We first spotted a male Banded Demoiselle on 16th July 2016 we but couldn't get a photo at the time.


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Image Taken on 12 Jun 2010 at 16:00    Image of day on 20 Jul 2010

This banded Demoiselle male sometimes returned to the same spot providing an opportunity for a photo alighting on a the Hop Sedge.


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Image Taken on 05 Jun 2010 at 13:37    Image of day on 20 Jul 2010

From a few days earlier, probably a different male from a different pond taking a flight through our 'flight tunnel' before being returned to where we caught him.


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Image Taken on 30 Jun 2010 at 14:17    Image of day on 05 Aug 2010

We have been seeing male Banded demoiselles damselflies fluttering around the sunlit hedges for a few days. Here is one brought in for a little photo session.


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Image Taken on 22 Jun 2014 at 12:46    Image of day on 27 Aug 2014

We found this male Banded Demoiselle Damselfly at the North boundary where we had been finding Beautiful Demoiselle Damselflies a couples of weeks before.


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Image Taken on 18 Jun 2015 at 12:42    Image of day on 25 Aug 2015

The Banded Demoiselles have arrived. This male makes an attractive colour contrast with the yellow buttercup. The Buttercup is just a perch - the insect is a hunter not interested in pollen or nectar.


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Image Taken on 22 Jul 2014 at 15:52    Image of day on 28 Sep 2014

A male Banded Demoiselle Damselfly delicately resting on a grass seed head.


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Image Taken on 22 Jul 2014 at 15:55    Image of day on 28 Sep 2014

A male Banded Demoiselle Damselfly showing all 4 wings slightly spread, and a lovely shadow


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Image Taken on 05 Jul 2018 at 15:18    Image of day on 27 Aug 2018

A male Banded Demoiselle Damselfly perched delicately on a blackberry leaf.


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Image Taken on 22 Jul 2014 at 15:53    Image of day on 28 Sep 2014

A male Banded Demoiselle Damselfly take-off from the grass seed head which is already starting to spring back up.


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Image Taken on 23 Jul 2008 at 15:56    Image of day on 02 Aug 2008

Some more Odonata (Dragonfly like insect) today and at least a couple more alternate days. This female Banded Demoiselle (a larger than average damselfly) is quite different to the male which is blue and actually HAS got bands on his wings. Hope to bring you her 'husband' if we can catch him for some photos!


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Image Taken on 23 Jul 2008 at 15:54    Image of day on 02 Aug 2008

Detail of the head - love the iridescence.


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Image Taken on 26 Jun 2011 at 13:02    Image of day on 12 Aug 2011

The Banded Demoiselle damselfly female doesn't have the bands on the wings but makes up for it with the glorious green and gold abdomen.


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Image Taken on 29 Jun 2009 at 11:24    Image of day on 03 Aug 2009

The female Banded Demoiselle does not have the band on her wings that her mate does. The sheen on the abdomen is exquisite with a greener tinge than the males. In the recent warm days a 25m grass strip between hedges has become a wonderland of these beauties - about 4 males and a couple of females flutter gently around you as you walk slowly along the path.


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